My fav salads are loaded with toppings, full of flavor and filling. I don’t want to chew my way through lunch only to be left hungry and hour or two later. This Mediterranean Greek Salad recipe is both filling and a flavor party. Plus it’s 100% plants.

greek salad recipe with vegan ingredients, topped with vegan cheese sprinkle.

Feel free to use this salad as a refreshing lunch feature or a grand side dish for pizza night… you really can’t go wrong! Mediterranean cuisine always show cases veggies the right way, and that’s def true in this tasty salad.

Table of Contents
  1. Mediterranean Greek Salad Recipe
  2. Salad Toppings
  3. Easy Ingredient Swaps
  4. Greek Salad Dressing
  5. What to Serve with Salad
  6. Greek Salad Recipe FAQs
  7. Mediterranean Greek Salad Recipe Recipe

Mediterranean Greek Salad Recipe

small bowls of ingredients for mediterranean greek salad.

People who live in the Mediterranean live longer, healthier lives than many of the rest of the world. It’s considered a ‘blue zone‘ and I want in on their secret! Since food seems to be a key component of this longevity lifestyle, I love incorporating Mediterranean-inspired recipes into my diet.

My version of the Greek Salad includes washing + drying a few cups of mixed greens as the base. Then I top with a colorful array of chopped fresh veggies as well as kalamata olives and artichoke hearts (oh the flavor!). This is an easy salad to prep once and eat for days, so feel free to double it.

I often top this salad with fresh herbs like basil, oregano or mint… or all 3! Then I dress it with a simple olive oil + fresh lemon juice dressing. Since the olives and artichokes are brined, I taste the salad before adding additional sea salt, as to not over salt it.

Mediterranean-inspired salad ingredients on a wooden platter next to salad tongs.

Salad Toppings

While this greek salad recipe is loaded with ingredients, you can never have too many toppings. I love using my vegan Parmesan cheese sprinkle to bring a cheesy flavor + a little extra texture.

Pick your fav fresh herb (I suggest basil, mint or oregano) to chop and sprinkle. You can also add vegan or regular feta depending on what your body tolerates.

Easy Ingredient Swaps

If fresh tomatoes are hard to find then swap with 1/2 cup julienned or chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Chickpeas can be swapped with cannelloni beans, or you can omit altogether if using this salad as a side dish.

Greek Salad Dressing

simple dressing in a glass bowl ready to pour over greek salad in wooden bowl.

I’m keeping the ‘dressing’ for this salad recipe super simple: olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. That’s it! No need for a complex dressing as this salad’s already exploding with flavor.

Honestly, the olives and artichoke hearts will bring a bit of salt from their brine, so you might want to taste this salad before adding salt… then add to taste.

What to Serve with Salad

Greek Salad Recipe FAQs

How do you make Greek salad dressing?

Soooo easy… olive oil + fresh lemon juice. Feel free to add a little sea salt and fresh ground pepper if you want. Dressing done.

Is Greek salad healthy?

It can be! Skip the restaurant dressing and opt for a simple olive oil + lemon + seasoning dressing. Read the labels on the jarred olives and artichokes to make sure they are simple without any weird additives. Swap feta cheese with a vegan cheese sprinkle then top with protein powered chickpeas.

What do I serve with salad?

I like pairing salads with warm foods (anyone else?!). My top picks are pizza, stuffed mushrooms, savory tofu nuggets, or a delicious and creamy soup. You can also pair it with a lovely hummus… or just toss a few scoops of hummus on top of the salad!

What are you pairing with your greek salad? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to rate this recipe!

5 from 2 votes

Mediterranean Greek Salad Recipe

This colorful salad is as full of flavor as it is color. Your skin will be glowing after incorporating this dish into your lunch routine, and Mediterranean inspired classic!
Prep: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Entree, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean-Inspired, Vegan
Serves: 2

Ingredients  

  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cup chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • ½ medium cucumber sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • ½ cup marinated artichoke hearts drained and chopped
  • ½ cup red onion thinly sliced
  • ½ cup kalamata olives pitted

Dressing

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced

Toppings

  • ¼ cup fresh basil chopped
  • ¼ cup Vegan Parmesan Cheese optional
  • pinch sea salt to taste
  • pinch fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Wash greens and spin or pat dry. Place in a large serving bowl. Layer the chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, red onion and kalamata olives over the greens.
  • Drizzle the olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon juice over the top. Sprinkle with a little sea salt, fresh ground pepper and fresh basil. Gently toss.
  • Serve with vegan parmesan cheese.

Notes

  • Use the veggies you have on hand and swap as needed to make this salad work for you. 
  • Swap olive oil with avocado oil.
  • For extra crunch, toast the chickpeas before adding them; this turns them into a crouton-like texture.
  • Swap mixed greens with the leafy green of your choice. 

Nutrition

Calories: 498kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 20g, Sodium: 752mg, Potassium: 877mg, Fiber: 12g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 4261IU, Vitamin C: 128mg, Calcium: 116mg, Iron: 4mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. 5 stars
    This looks like a salad with all of the aspects that make a delish meal! Creamy, crunchy, savory, sweet, tangy and filling! I am excited!

    1. Yay salads!!! We’re so glad this Glowing Greek Salad Recipe is for you, Erin!